Towards the Understanding of Karl Marx: A Revolutionary Interpretation

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Published in 1933, at a time of widespread unemployment and bank failures, this book by the young Sidney Hook received great critical acclaim and established his reputation as a brilliant expositor of ideas. By "revolutionary interpretation" Hook meant quite literally that Marx's main objective was to stimulate revolutionary opposition to class society.

Hook later abandoned the revolutionary views expressed in this volume, but he never abandoned his warm positive views of Marx ...

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Overview

Published in 1933, at a time of widespread unemployment and bank failures, this book by the young Sidney Hook received great critical acclaim and established his reputation as a brilliant expositor of ideas. By "revolutionary interpretation" Hook meant quite literally that Marx's main objective was to stimulate revolutionary opposition to class society.

Hook later abandoned the revolutionary views expressed in this volume, but he never abandoned his warm positive views of Marx as a thinker and a fighter for freedom. He eventually concluded that 20th century history had proved both him and Marx wrong about the necessity of revolutionary means to achieve their mutual social goals. But, says his son Ernest B. Hook in an introduction, this concession of error "he did not see . . . as an admission of intellectual weakness, but the natural position of a reasonable person when, in the light of observation and experience, he concludes he has erred."

This expanded edition makes readily available for scholars an influential work long out of print and provides critical insight into the intellectual development of one of the 20th-century's great thinkers.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781573928823
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books
  • Publication date: 12/1/2002
  • Edition description: Expanded
  • Pages: 465
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 8.26 (h) x 1.31 (d)

Meet the Author

Sidney Hook (1902-1989) was professor emeritus at New York University and a senior research fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. Among his many books are Convictions; Paradoxes of Freedom; The Quest for Being; Reason, Social Myths, and Democracy; and an autobiography, Out of Step: An Unquiet Life in the 20th Century.
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Table of Contents

The Mutable Unmuted Sidney Hook (1902-1989): Towards the Understanding of Karl Marx and Towards the Understanding of Sidney Hook 9
Historical Introduction 35
Towards the Understanding of Karl Marx 67
Preface 69
Pt. I The Quest for Marx
I Introduction 77
II On Historical Understanding 83
III "Der Kampf Um Marx" 92
IV The Orthodox Canonization 99
V The Revisionist Exegesis 109
VI The Syndicalist Heresy 118
VII Lenin: The Return to Marx and Forward 127
VIII Marxism as Method 138
Pt. II The Philosophy of Marx
IX The Marxian Dialectic 147
X Dialectic and Truth 176
XI The Materialistic Conception of History 189
XII What Historical Materialism Is Not 215
XIII Problems of Historical Materialism 237
XIV Marx's Sociological Economics 261
XV The Philosophy of Political Economy 284
XVI The Class Struggle and Social Psychology 301
XVII The Theory of the State 323
XVIII The Theory of Revolution 347
XIX Dictatorship and Democracy 372
XX App.: Four Letters by Frederick Engels on Historical Materialism 397
From Ideology to Philosophy: Sidney Hook's Writings on Marxism 417
Marx in Limbo: An Imaginary Conversation 445
Communism in Hell: An Interview with Sidney Hook from Beyond the Grave 457
App Works By and About Sidney Hook 463
Index 477
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